Long time, no see friends! Happy New Year! I blew off last Sunday Salon, and basked in the holiday sloth. But now I'm back, and full of piss and vinegar.
We had a great holiday. I received wonderful gifts...a Cuisinart Griddler, a Nike chip that goes into my shoe to track miles walked, gift cards for shopping, a gift card to the spa, new golf shoes, a renewal for Bookmarks, lotions, perfume...woo hoo! I hosted Christmas Eve and Christmas at my house, cooked my brains out, and had quality time with my family. We went to the Champs Bowl, we hosted 16 people at our house for New Years, and now all I want to do is collapse! (But not for too long...I am arranging a birthday party for my husband's 50th in a couple of weeks! And my son starts a new season of football...) Today my family is going to take the boat on the lake and have a relaxing picnic. Get the kids back to school and I will be golden.
I've been attempting to keep up with the blogs the best I can...all those Best Of Lists have been awesome (seeing alot of Fingersmith guys!). I've been attempting (and failing) to keep up with my reviews. I'm going to be featured at The Scene of the Blog sometime in the next month or two...stay tuned for that. I have yet to put pen to paper on the resolutions. But I'd say simplicity should be one of the goals for blogging. Read what I have. Read what I want. Personally, I'll need to be dropping a few pounds, get back into shape, and stay sane while I manage a few home improvement projects.
What about the reading? On audio, I finished Sarah Vowell's "Assassination Vacation", which I enjoyed. She is a funny lady. I am now on the mission to get through "Freedom", all 19 discs, for my book club. Jury is out on whether I'm loving it or not. With Franzen's "The Corrections", I hated it until I finished it, then I loved it. Maybe this is the same deal, I don't know.
For printed books, I am reading all of my author-signed novels so I can then donate them to my Adult Literacy League event this spring. I read "Song of the Sparrow", a YA book that draws on King Arthur and his knights of the round table, and thought it was wonderful. I am now reading "The Lake of Dreams" by Kim Edwards, the author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". No opinion yet...only 60 pages into it. I also read "And the Pursuit of Happiness", an impromptu treasure from the library, and a graphic novel that has been getting some attention. It blew me away.
A little administration: A month or two ago, I removed my word verification for comments, just to make things easier on you all. Good Lord, the spammers pounced like hyenas on fresh antelope meat. These idiots are the devil's spawn. I may need to institute the word thing again if it gets much worse...I apologize in advance.
Lastly, I just want you all to know how much I appreciate your support and friendship in 2010. Many of you all have been there, and you know there are days when you wonder why you are killing yourself over something that earns little to no money. But then I get e-mails and comments from you that make my day, and justify what I am doing. Some of you are new friends, some I've known for 2 1/2 years, and some forever. Every one of you guys rock!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. 2011 is going to be amazing!